HC Deb 11 December 1958 vol 597 c484
1. Captain Pilkington

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether, as an experiment for one year, he will extend Summer Time for two weeks in order to give the majority of people the benefit of extra daylight.

The Secretary of State for the Home Department and Lord Privy Seal (Mr. R. A. Butler)

I prefer to await the result of the consideration of the duration of Summer Time which, as I informed my hon. Friend the Member for Maidstone (Sir A. Bossom), is now being undertaken by the National Farmers Union of England and Wales and of Scotland.

Captain Pilkington

Will my right hon. Friend incline himself to consider the advantages of this suggestion? if he can see his way to do so, will he try the experiment to see whether the amount of disapproval he gets is outweighed by the amount of approval?

Mr. Butler

I must await this specialist opinion of the farmers in England and Wales and in Scotland, because they are more affected than anybody else.

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